One of the best things about being a RMT is career flexibility and a feeling of freedom. We hear it all the time from our grads. That’s certainly the main appeal of the job for Quincey Xu. Quincey studied at CCMH Toronto and is now working hard as a freelance RMT. She enjoys being able to work in different fields with a wide range of clients and loves that she gets to make her own schedule.
Like many of our grads, Quincey was familiar with Massage Therapy before choosing to study here.
She did her research before narrowing down her choice to CCMH.
“Before I made up my mind, I went to few schools, including Sutherland-Chan. CCMH was different from the other schools — the Director of Administration, Suzy, didn’t push me to choose this school. Instead, she asked me to think about if it was the right choice for me. She shared a story of her family, told me about the employment rate of new grads, and described some of the potential professions I could participate in in the future as a RMT. When she said RMTs can work with dancers, I knew this program was right for me.”
Quincey’s experience speaks directly to our approach at CCMH. Our program is demanding and you need to be all-in when you enroll in order to succeed. If it’s not for you, it’s not for you, and that’s ok. Luckily it was the right fit for Quincey.
Quincey was introduced to Massage Therapy by her mother.
“My mom was a nurse and had full training of traditional Chinese Medicine and Massage before we moved to Toronto. She worked with RMTs and other healthcare practitioners for more than 7 years in Toronto, so she thinks this profession is reliable.”
Stability is a major concern for many people, especially future RMTs. If you’re going to go through a rigorous education program, like the one offered CCMH, you want to know that you will find consistent employment opportunities on the other side of the tunnel. RMTs are in demand and their skills are highly rewarded in the workplace. Quincey hasn’t found it difficult to find work opportunities. In fact, she’s been able to work in various places as a RMT.
“I have had the flexibility to work in different places (like spas, clinics, gyms and rehab centers), and have been able to meet different kinds of people (accountants, lawyers, engineers, athletes. etc.)”
Many people say that success in Massage Therapy is determined as much by skill as by personality, believing that you need to be open and congenial to do well. Connecting with your clients is key. Remarkably Quincey is a bit of an introvert but has done well as a RMT regardless of her social barriers.
“To be honest, I’m not good at connecting. I’m not very outgoing or easygoing, but I really enjoy working with all kinds of people. Some of my clients tell me stories, talk about their work, and I can feel they actually care about me. One day I had a client (she’s a ballerina!) come in after 10 weeks of intense training. Her mom came with her and made suggestions for her treatment, and it reminds me of when I had contemporary dance training, my mom used to be around me the whole time. I love meeting all kinds of clients, but I particularly like treating dancers.”
Despite her current success, things haven’t always been smooth sailing for Quincey as a RMT. She has some very honest advice for our current students and recent grads:
“I don’t know if it’s nice to say but it’s wise to have a lower expectation at the beginning. I believe most people will find an ideal place but it takes time.”
Thanks for being so real, Quincey! At times people conceal their struggles in life and their career out of insecurity. Your honest approach is incredibly refreshing and offers a valuable perspective for our current students.